Looking Forward to the Weekend . . . Buttermilk Pancakes

After our wedding my husband went on a search for the “perfect” pancake recipe.  Over the course of the next several months we sampled a number of different types of pancakes – vanilla, sour cream, cream cheese, pumpkin, sweet potato, raspberry, blackberry, chocolate chip, blueberry – but we kept coming back to this recipe, which my family has been making for as long as I can remember.  It is fairly simple and quick to make and really, what better way is there to start a weekend than with fluffy buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup?

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“Cherry Blossom” Sugar Cookies

Earlier this week, I shared with you some photos that I took of this year’s cherry blossoms near the tidal basin in Washington, DC.  Today I want to share with you some sugar cookies that I made to celebrate the arrival of the blossoms.

This recipe is quickly becoming one of my go to cookie recipes.  These are soft, almost cake-like cookies.  I often find myself turning to this recipe when I need to make themed cookies as they hold their shape pretty well.  I used this recipe (with green butter cream frosting) to make the leaf cookies to accompany my chrysanthemum cupcakes.

I’m just beginning to explore the world of decorative frosting (and as you can see I still have a lot to learn), but I have found that a little effort goes a long way when it comes to cake/cupcake/cookie decorating, even if the end result is not altogether perfect.

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The Arrival of Spring (Cherry Blossoms)

Each year I eagerly await the arrival of the cherry blossoms as they (and the accompanying crowds of tourists) are one of the first signs of spring in DC.  I wanted to share a few photos of the blossoms with you.  Aren’t the blossoms lovely?

This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the gift of the trees.  You can read more about the history of the trees on the National Cherry Blossom Festival website.

On my walk home, I stumbled across the National Capitol Park’s tulip library.  Somehow I have managed to overlook this gem on prior visits to the cherry blossoms.  The garden had so many varieties of tulips that I lost count.  (A Map for the 2012 Tulip Library from the National Park Service indicated that there were 93 cultivars and over 10,000 bulbs planted in the library.)  The tulips were so bright and vibrant. Continue reading

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A note about scheduling.

While I would love to be able to share new projects and posts with you on a daily basis, that’s simply not realistic for me.  So, I’ll be posting on a schedule.  It may slip a bit from time to time, but my goal is to post here at least two times a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  I hope you’ll stop by tomorrow to see what I have been up to!

Botanical Grape Juice Dyed Easter Eggs

After making the onion skin dyed eggs that I blogged about earlier this week, I decided to try my hand at a simplified version of those eggs using the same basic technique. Using hard boiled eggs instead of hollowed out eggs and dying the eggs in grape juice in the fridge instead of in an onion skin dye on the stove, made the grape juice dyed eggs much simpler to make than the onion skin dyed eggs.  Plus, the grape juice dyed eggs made a lovely breakfast the next day.

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Carrot Boxes

I am beginning to run out of time (and steam) for Easter projects, but before I do, I want to share a couple of last minute projects.  These projects are fairly quick (especially compared to the egg boxes and decorative eggs I posted earlier this week).   If you are looking for a last minute project (or two) to complete before Easter one of these projects may be just what you are looking for.  I think these little carrot boxes would be adorable filled with foil covered candies and tucked into an Easter basket.

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